Eat & Drink

Chicago is known for it’s great food. But did you also know about all its great local drinks? Check out all you need to know about the city’s famous cuisine and restaurants here, as well as local coffee and alcohol producers.

The Best BBQ Joints in Chicago

Are you in the mood for some great smoked barbeque? You don’t have to head for Memphis for authentic barbeque – some of the tastiest sauces, unique flavors and fun atmosphere for barbeque are located in the heart of Chicago!

Chicago Street Festivals: May

There is a different Chicago Street Festival every weekend of the summer, if not more than one! Check out our guide to May’s festival’s to kick off the summer.

Required Reading: Soup and Bread Cookbook

Soup and Bread events bring together people from all backgrounds to make soup and share stories. Now you can own the cookbook compiled from past events.

Metropolitan Brewery

Metropolitan Brewery on the North side is crafting German Lagers with Chicago style. Learn about them here, then check ’em out in Andersonville or at your local bar.

Malört: The “Unrelenting” Local Liquor

Malört has long been the drink by which Chicagoans test their mettle. Got what it takes to throw one back and keep it down?

Three Floyds Brewing Co.

The 2nd in our Chicago Brewery series, Three Floyds is grabbing hold of the local beer scene. And maybe even a reason to head to Indiana.

Hagen’s Fish Market: Seafood is Lovefood

Hagen’s Fish Market: Seafood is Lovefood

Hagen’s Fish Market has operated in Portage Park since 1946 and is home to Chicago’s last natural hardwood smokehouse. They sell a variety of fresh, smoked and fried seafood, all prepared with a care and skill unrivaled in the city.

Buen Provecho! Pilsen 2011

Buen Provecho! Pilsen 2011

This walking food tour runs the gamut of restaurants in Pilsen and although the neighborhood is currently known for its Mexican culture and cuisine, there was plenty of variety consumed throughout the night.

Table Fifty-Two & Art Smith’s Chicago Legacy

Oprah’s famed personal chef, Art Smith, is still taking the Gold Coast by storm with his restaurant, Table Fifty-Two.

Catalan Tapas at Mercat a la Planxa

Showcasing traditional Catalan tapas dishes updated with contemporary flourishes, Mercat offers an outstanding dining experience in a beautiful setting.

The Windy City Wine Festival

This annual Windy City Wine Festival brings in wineries from around the world offering samples of their stock without the pretentious atmosphere.

The Coffee and Tea Exchange

Open since 1975, The Coffee and Tea Exchange is a coffee and tea drinker’s paradise.

Fro Yo For Yo: Cool Down with Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Yogurt is a hot item these days, and more than a few businesses want to cash in on that heap of probiotic goodness we’re all craving. So, here it is: a road map for the frozen yogurt of Chicago.

Schwa (Restaurant, Wicker Park)

Schwa (Restaurant, Wicker Park)

For a place like this, the experience and mythology is almost more important than the food. Almost.